Stash Busting Plans

Last week I had a massive sort out of my yarn and current projects. Partly to get ready for a pre-Christmas sample sale (who’s up for some stash bags?!) and partly because I wanted to do an update blog on WIP’s and Make Nine 2019.

Somewhat disappointingly my WIP’s haven’t changed much since February! I’ve added a few projects to my chest, but haven’t finished anything that was there previously and haven’t ticked anything else off my Make Nine list – so I’ll do an update once I’m more on top of that.

At the moment I’m focusing on knitting my Esme Cardigan. Once that is done I’m determined to finish at least one project from my chest of shame before I cast on anything new – and I also want to make some time for sewing.

One of the unfortunate side effects of yarn sorting was that I now feel inspired to cast on lots of new things! I’m going to resist for now… but it doesn’t hurt to dream and plan!

I had a lot of oddments of Felted Tweed dotted around in various places so I brought it all together and I’m getting excited about knitting a fair-isle jumper or tunic.

I also have a garments worth of Seafarer and Watery so I can do something big! I’ve been wanting to knit Franziska by Galina Carroll for a long time. I would use Watery as the main shade and would possibly change the neckline.

I’ve also got my eye on Sage by Marie Wallin – There are some lovely versions knitted up on Ravelry. I think I would make it slightly A-line so that it’s less snug around the waist and hips (I don’t think this model is two sizes bigger on the bottom half!) and possibly do full length sleeves.

Are you working on new projects or finishing off old? Or a bit of both?!

 

 

Felted Tweed Cosy Cardigan

Thank you everyone who popped by to see me at The Knitting and Stitching Show last week! It was lovely to meet you all and so nice to spend time with my Rowan family.

The Cosy Cardigan from Cosy Alpaca Knits was getting a lot of love! Particularly the Felted Tweed version that I was wearing at the show. The yarn usage is different to the Moordale (which is used in the book) so please see below for the quantities if you want to substitute.

Cosy Cardigan – Rowan Felted Tweed version

Yarn A: Seafarer 170 x2 (small & large) 50g ball

Yarn B: Granite 191 x1 (small & large) 50g ball

Yarn C: Turquise 202 x8 (small) x9 (large) 50g ball

The Moordale and Felted Tweed drape quite differently. The Moordale is quite weighty – so that combined with the folded hem give the cardigan a heavy drape. Felted Tweed is lighter and therefore less drapey which gives the finished cardigan a more boxy look.

I personally just want to knit everything in this turquoise shade of Felted Tweed so I couldn’t resist!

Yarn provided by Rowan.

Secret Knitting 

It’s that time of year again where I’m very busy working on projects that I can’t tell you about yet…but I really want to!

So I thought you might like a little sneaky peek at the yarns and shades I’m working with….

I’m not normally a pink kinda person but I absolutely love this soft pink shade in Big Wool. And it looks fab with the rest of the palette I’ve chosen (which of course includes teal!).

I’ve been enjoying working with Summerlite dk for the first time… and I’m particularly excited about the project I’ve knitted in the yummy shades above.

I’m rediscovering my love for Cocoon…so soft, so cosy and so quick to knit!

And of course there will be some Felted Tweed. Always a favourite of mine and the colours are just beautiful.

I can’t wait to share more with you later this year!

Yarn provided by Rowan.

Bobby Scarf, Hat & Mitts

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Introducing Bobby Scarf, Hat and Mitts – the latest addition to my Men’s Collection.

With three patterns in one, the simple stripey designs are perfect for a new knitter and would make a lovely Christmas gift. If you want a little challenge – you can follow the optional instructions for a tubular cast on!

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Knitted in some of my favourite shades of Felted Tweed – Bobby Scarf, Hat and Mitts are beautifully light and warm. The mitts keep your hands warm whilst leaving your fingers free and have a mitt cover for keeping extra toasty on winter walks.

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Patterns are now available to buy here and kits will soon be available on my shop. Happy Knitting!